The winner of a schools’ competition, run by Specsavers Cheltenham, has been presented with their prize at The Wilson art gallery and museum. 

Breeze Martin, who is nine-years-old and attends St Mark’s C of E Junior School, was chosen as the overall winner of the competition. She was presented with a £20 high street gift voucher while the school itself received £500 cash. 

Hundreds of entries

Pupils from across Cheltenham were asked to design a pair of festive specs using a template provided by the store. They received hundreds of fantastic entries from four schools; Greatfield Park Primary School, St Mark’s C of E Junior School, Holy Trinity C of E Primary School and Gardners Lane Primary School. 

Sophie Wilson, cultural producer at The Wilson, had the difficult task of judging the entries while ten designs from each school are also being displayed in the art gallery and museum until Tuesday 8 January. Alongside Breeze, a winner from each school was also picked to receive a £20 high street gift voucher. 

Creative talents

‘This is the second time we’ve run this competition and yet again we were absolutely bowled over by all the wonderful entries,’ said store director, Melanie Brackstone. ‘We’d like to say thank you to all the schools that took the time to enter as well as to The Wilson for not only helping with the judging but for allowing us to display some of the entries. The competition is a lovely way for us to round off what has been a wonderful year for the store and congratulations to Breeze and St Mark’s.’

‘We’re absolutely thrilled that not only did Breeze win but that the school as a whole will benefit from the money which was part of the prize,’ said Mrs Watson, Art subject leader at St Mark’s. ‘All of the pupils put in a huge amount of effort with their entries and it’s great that some of them are on display at The Wilson. We’re planning to use the money to create a sculpture and will be asking the pupils for ideas.’ 

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